Organisations thrilled at weed control progress

SITE INSPECTION: President of Delatite Landcare Group, John Gilson, and Mansfield Shire Council environment officer, Suzie Healy, examine a site ready to be cleared of weeds.

UP2US Landcare co-ordinator Kerstie Lee and Mansfield Shire Council environment officer Suzie Healy are thrilled at the progress being made with a co-operative venture between their two organisations.

Under the previous government, council was granted $19,800 a year for three years to control roadside weeds.

This was a little disappointing, as most shires – based on the length of roads in the shire – were granted $50,000 per annum on the same basis.

Ms Healy said there is a large weed problem in Mansfield, although the district has a shorter road network than most shires.

To get the most from the limited funding, council and Up2Us Landcare group formed an alliance that has proved very resilient.

A relatively small portion of the grant went towards mapping of the weed-affected roadsides in the shire.

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